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"Serving others with humility"

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-01-05 (금) 08:52 조회 : 75
설교일 : 2017.12.31
설교자 : Rev. Kwon
본문말씀 : John 13:1-17

December 31, 2017

 

“Serving others with humility”

John 13:1-17

 

Rev. Tae Hong Kwon’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

Hallelujah!

I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that the great love, abundant grace and blessings of God be bestowed upon you and your family on this last Sunday of 2017!

 

Please greet the person sitting next to you with these words; “Throughout this year, you worked really hard.”

 

Now, with a genuine smile, gaze into the eyes of that person and say, “Have a blessed New Year!”

 

Today is the last day of 2017, December 31st.

In Korea, on December 31st many people travel to the eastern coast or go up some high mountains, so that they can catch the first sunrise of the New Year.

 

And at the first sunrise, they say silent prayers and heartfelt wishes for the New Year. It is very important to start the New Year with a brand new resolutions.

But it is also very important to finish off this year well, on this last day of the year.

 

How do you feel about the ‘last day’?

Speaking of the last day, I am reminded of my last visit to Korea recently. Our church bulletin just stated that it was my ‘vacation’, but in reality I had to go to Korea to take care of my status change. While the other pastors here belong to the Korean United Methodist Church in U.S., I still belong to the Korean Methodist Church. The administrative business took so much time that I didn’t have enough time to say hello to my old friends or acquaintances, and I was in a rush until the last day.

 

On the last day, I saw as many people as possible, allocating only one hour to each meeting, and at the end of the day, I was filled with sadness about not having been able to spend enough time with those I had seen that day, and not having been able to see the others at all.

 

Mentioning ‘The last day’ brings me the memory of Apple Co. founder Steve Jobs’ speech at Stanford University graduation ceremony; he asked, “What would you do today, if it is the last day of your life?”

 

I would like to ask the same question to you. If today, the last day of 2017, is the last day of your life, what would you do? Would you do the same usual thing? Would your day be filled with worries, frustrations, despairs and sighs?

 

Would you continue to do the same thing today, if it is going to be the last day?

If this is the last day, would you be satisfied with yourself today?

These two questions can be painful reminders to all of us.

 

Today I want to talk to you about the last day of Jesus Christ and what He did during the day.

 

John 13:1  It was just before Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.

 

Lord Jesus knew the time when He would leave this world to return to the Father. We want to know what He did on His last day on earth.

 

He loved them to the end.

He showed His own people the full extent of His love.

His love never ends, His love never gives up, and His love never stops.

 

I hope and pray that the love of Jesus Christ fill you and your family constantly without ending or stopping in the New Year 2018.

 

While Lord Jesus was showing the full extent of His love, the next verse shows someone who was doing exactly opposite.

 

John 13:2  The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.

The devil had prompted Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus!

 

Our question is, why was Judas led to the temptation of betraying Jesus? He must have thought that there would be some benefits to himself if he betrayed Jesus.

 

Jesus, who wants to show the full extent of His love at the end of His life, and Judas Iscariot, who intends to betray Jesus, what a contrast! In today’s passage, we learn that Lord Jesus knew what was going on inside of Judas.

 

John 13:3  Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God.

 

Knowing that one of His disciples whom he had lived with for the last three years would betray Himself, how did He feel and what was on His mind?

 

When we give our true heart, we tend to get hurt, and when we open our heart, we tend to get betrayed, and Lord Jesus is being betrayed by Judas.

 

But that is just like what happens in our own lives. When we look back on this past year, perhaps your devotion to someone you love only brought you broken heart, and your honest words and trust only brought you betrayals.

 

What should we do to those who betray us? Should we condemn them in the name of justice and never forgive them?

 

After some moments, Lord Jesus got up and began to do something.

 

John 13:4  So He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist.

 

When He got up from the meal, His disciples must have looked at Him in surprise.

Then, He began to take off His outer clothing. No one knew why He was doing that, but no one asked Him anything.

Then, He wrapped a towel around His waist. While the disciples looked at Him suspiciously, He continued on.

 

John 13:5  After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.

 

Lord Jesus got a basin and poured water into it and then began to wash each disciple’s feet. He washed the feet with care, even between toes, and dried the feet with the towel wrapped around His waist. Silently He moved the basin to the next disciple and continued to wash the feet. They were curious, but no one dared to ask Him any question.

 

Now it became Simon Peter’s turn, and he couldn’t bear the silence any longer.

John 13:6  He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

 

Jesus looks at him lovingly and said the following.

John 13:7  Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

 

Peter should have been more understanding, but he is not.

John 13:8  “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

 

Imagine, Peter pouting at Jesus and not putting his feet in the basin! Every day, we run into a few of these who are so fond of saying “never”.

 

“I will never forgive that person!”

“I will never accept that person!”

“I will never understand that person!”

“I will never do anything with that person!”

 

The word “never” should never be allowed to use in our life of faith.

 

Lord Jesus told Peter that “unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Now, here is Peter’s reply.

John 13:9  “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

 

While meditating upon the above verse, I thought, what a silly and harebrained guy Peter was!

 

Now Lord Jesus says the following to Peter, quite likely with a smile.

John 13:10  Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

 

The next verse gives the explanation for His saying that ‘not every one of them’ was clean.

John 13:11  For He knew who was going to betray Him, and that was why He said not every one was clean.

 

Lord Jesus knew who was going to betray Him, but He washed the feet of every one and then He put on His clothes and returned to His place.

 

Before leaving, He left ‘His last will and dying wish’ to His disciples.

John 13:15  “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

 

He showed an example that we should do to others as He had done for us. And He promised that we would be blessed if we follow His examples.

John 13:17  “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

 

In our life of faith, all of us want to be bestowed with the blessings of heaven by God and by Jesus Christ, and here He is telling us how to be blessed; if you wash the feet of others, you will be blessed.

 

One important thing we have to remember is that Lord Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in silence. He didn’t complain about their odd shape, bad odor, or dirtiness. He silently wrapped a towel around His waist, poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, and then dried them with the towel.

 

Could we do what Jesus did? It will be too difficult for us to do what He did. First, we have to make many decisions about washing the feet of others.

 

First, the towel. Should we wrap it on the right side or left side of our waist? And what kind of material the towel should be? Does it have to be 100% cotton or is 60% cotton OK? Was it on a gold towel holder?

 

Second, the basin. We have to decide on the basin. Should it be a plastic basin or an ironware? Should we buy a cheap disposable one or a luxurious long-lasting one?

 

Third, the water. Is it OK if we get the water from a bathroom or should we get it from the kitchen? And then, what kind of temperature should the water have?

 

Fourth, the basin mover. Who should move the basin? Shouldn’t this consecrated and important job be given to an elder? Or a Cell Group leader? Or a member of the choir?

 

Fifth, whose feet should be dried first? Shouldn’t the feet of those who are close to me be dried first and the feet of those whom I don’t have a good relationship be dried last? And, should their feet be dried with towel at all?

 

The last thing to think about; the upper room where the washing of the feet is taking place seems too small and too shabby…

 

Perhaps, the first thing for you to do is getting a bigger house rather than getting a basin, water or towel. First get as big house as you can get, and that house should have a big upper room.

 

So, you become obsessed with getting a big house with a big upper room and postpone your planned washing of others’ feet. Now, your objective is getting a big house, so that you can have a big upper room.

 

Until you get a big house, washing the feet of others is not very important to you, as you expect somebody else can do the job.

 

In psychology, the ‘bystander effect’ happens when there are a lot of bystanders, nobody will volunteer to help the person who is in dire situation, expecting someone else will help. Likewise, we tend to think that even if we don’t wash their feet, there are plenty of others who will do the job.

 

But, what Lord Jesus said on His last day was, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed, if you do them.”

 

We are Christians who follow Jesus Christ all the way to the cross. We should remember what He says to us on this last day of 2017; “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed, if you do them.”

 

Lord Jesus said the following words, before He was taken away to die on the cross.

John 16:33  “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.”

 

After His death on the cross, He was resurrected three days later. When He came to see His disciples after His resurrection, He said the following.

John 20:21  Jesus said, “Peace be with you!”

 

Before His crucifixion and after His resurrection, Lord Jesus emphasized the same thing; “You may have peace”, “Peace be with you!”

 

My beloved congregation, what is peace? Is it living well?

 

You will have true peace when you do what Lord Jesus did. Washing the feet of others without complaining about anything, no matter what hardships and sufferings you face, will bring you the peace of heaven, which is like a river.

 

Lord Jesus knows us very well. He knows if we are those who will betray His name for the sake of our own benefits or if we are those who will wash the feet of others quietly like He did and live our lives with our hope in heaven and in the eternal life with Jesus.

 

Our church wants you to fill out 2018 pledge sheet. Please do what Jesus did; “Now that I have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet.” “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed, if you do them.”

 

If today is going to be the last day of your life, would you betray the name of Jesus? Or would you dedicate yourself to serve others?

 

God has words of hope for us in 2018 on this last day of 2017.

Deuteronomy 28:12  The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the works of your hands.

 

When we wash one another’s feet, the light of heaven will shine the world, and then the world will shine bright with the love of the Lord.

 

1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”

 

During the Advent and on Christmas Sunday, we lit the candles in memory of Lord Jesus who had come down to earth as the light of hope and the light of love. As He is in the light, when we walk in the light, we can have fellowship with one another and His blood purifies us from all sin.

 

The blood of Jesus has purified all the sins of ours for the past year, and the power of Jesus’ blood will release us from the shackles of death, all the problems and burdens.

 

Then, by the grace, love and blood of Jesus Christ, we will be cleansed and redeemed to be the people of God.

 

After washing all the feet of His disciples, the last words of Jesus were the following.

John 13:20  “I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

 

I ask you, who is the one that Lord Jesus has sent to you?

Many have been sent to you; some are annoying, indifferent, unforgivable, burdensome, or hard to understand. But they happen to be your spouse, children, colleagues, cell group leader and members, parish leader and pastors, whom Lord Jesus has sent to you.

 

Most important person sent to us is our Senior Pastor, who wants to be here with us, but is saying the intercessory prayers for this worship and for the members, alone in his room with tears in his eyes.

 

Please never say that you can never forgive some people. Remember Lord Jesus has forgiven you and accepted you.

Reaching out and holding the hand of that person who is close to you is the beginning of your love and dedication.

 

In the New Year, whose feet are you going to wash?

 

May I suggest you to go home and wash the feet of your spouse, your parents and your children and bless them, before the end of 2017?

 

And how about some words of thanks to your Cell Group leader and Parish leader who have prayed for you throughout the year?

 

My next question is, which ministry of our church will you serve? Our church is the body of Christ and all of us have to serve the church.

 

Our church’s slogan for 2018 is “Discipleship, a challenge towards holy life”

My beloved members, who is the disciple of Jesus Christ? Do you want to be a true disciple?

 

A disciple does not say much.

A disciple does not pay attention to the adoring gaze of others.

A disciple does not respond to unnecessary feelings.

A disciple washes each other’s feet.

A disciple does not choose, but obey.

 

A disciple of Jesus follows the path of the Lord quietly and humbly. And no one has to notice the fact that you are washing the feet of others. It should not matter that the world doesn’t recognize your service as long as the Lord knows about it.

 

When we wash one another’s feet quietly and calmly, I believe that our lives will shine in the kingdom of heaven like the sunshine.

 

Let us go forward with our decision to live the life of discipleship in the New Year. May the blessings of the Lord be upon you and your family!

 

 


   

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428 2017.12.31  "Serving others with humility" John 13:1-17 Rev. Kwon
427 2017.12.31  낮은 곳을 향하여 요한복음 13장 12~17절 권태홍 목사
426 2017.12.24  GRACE HAS COME! John 1:1-18 Dr. Charles S. G. Boayue
425 2017.12.17  주님이 이땅에 오심은 사실입니다 누가복음 2:1~14 배세진 목사
424 2017.12.17  'It is true that the Lord had come down to earth' Luke 2:1-14 Rev. Bae
423 2017.12.03  The Life of a Witness John 1:6-15 Rev. Shin
422 2017.12.03  증거자의 삶 요한복음 1:6-15 신태규 목사
421 2017.11.26.  "What will you ask for?" James 1:5-8 Rev. Bae
420 2017.11.26.  무엇을 구할 것인가? 야고보서 1:5-8 배세진 목사
419 2017.11.19.  'Give thanks, my soul' 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rev. Jang
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417 2017.11.05.  'Only for the Lord' Romans 14:6-9 Rev. Lee
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